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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the polls are now closed. the preliminary exit polls coming in right now in the alabama senate race. roy moore, the allegations against him. doug jones, the democrat, in a heavily republican state. how big of a factor are the allegations against moore for voters? what they're saying tonight. president trump taking aim tonight at senator kirsten gillibrand, after she said the president should resign, amid allegations of sexual misconduct. what the president tweeted about her today. tonight, she's calling it a sexist smear. and the president is asked, what did he really mean by those words? also tonight, abc news now learning that president trump's legal team is now pushing the attorney general jeff sessions to appoint a second special counsel to now investigate the fbi agents working on the russia probe.
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the new york city subway bomber. what he posted on facebook right before he boarded that train. authorities say the bomb was already strapped to him when he boarded in brooklyn, headed for times square. the school bus erupting into flames. the driver and a student killed. and the winter storm tonight. temperatures set to plunge. up to a half foot of snow in many places. good evening. as we come on the air in the west with breaking news tonight. and the nation now fixed on alabama at this hour. the polls have now closed. the voters have decided in the special election there. the results could have a profound impact on washington. republicans holding a razor thin majority in the senate. and the message this could send before next year's midterms. republican roy moore riding his horse to vote, facing multiple claims of sexual misconduct with teenage girls. democrat doug jones trying to win in a deeply red state. and tonight, in preliminary exit poll results, voters are almost evenly split on the
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allegations against roy moore. 49% called them definitely or probably true, 45% definitely or probably false. did it factor into their decision? 40% say they were one of several factors in their decision. 55% say they were minor or no factor at all. and when asked, which candidate shares voters values, 49% say doug jones shares their values. 46% say roy moore. abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas in alabama tonight leading us off. >> reporter: roy moore today galloping to the polls, but trying to cast a vote for himself as rocky as the last month of his campaign. the candidate pushing through a crush of reporters and their questions. >> back it up, back up. >> reporter: alabama's former chief justice dividing his own party. eight women have accused him of a range of inappropriate sexual behavior. two say he assaulted them when they were just teenagers. many republican senators calling for him to drop out. if you win tonight, what's your message to senator mcconnell? >> well, i'm coming to the senate and we'll work out our
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problems there. >> reporter: one republican staunchly in moore's corner, president trump. this morning, tweeting, "the people of alabama will do the right thing. vote roy moore." another big moore booster? the president's former chief strategist, steve bannon. >> there's a special place in hell for republicans who should know better. they're trying to shut up president trump and judge moore. >> reporter: bannon's comments coming just weeks after ivanka trump seemed to side with moore's accusers, saying, "there's a special place in hell for people who prey on children." but some voters we spoke to, stood by moore, despite the accusations. >> i believe in what he's trying to do. i don't believe all the scandal that they've drug up on him. >> reporter: moore denies all the al accusations against him. but controversy shad shadowed him throughout the campaign, down to the final 24 hours and
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these comments from his wife. >> fake news would also tell you that we don't care for jews. i tell you all this because i've seen it all, so, i just want to set the record straight while they're here. one of our attorneys is a jew. >> reporter: kayla moore also saying they have friends who are jewish. it all gave hope to democrats here in ruby red alabama. >> it's not a secret ballot for me, guys. >> reporter: moore's opponent, doug jones, casting his ballot this morning. >> at the end of the day, we feel very confident. >> reporter: jones put the allegations against moore front and center. >> i damn sure believe that i have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail and not the united states senate. >> reporter: he had president obama's support. celebrities from alabama, rallying behind him, as well. >> at some point, we got to stop looking like idiots to the nation. >> reporter: but jones counted on republicans uneasy with moore to tip the race in his favor.
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republicans like kim dowdle. >> we consider ourselves republicans for doug jones. >> reporter: she went door to door to try to convince her neighbors. the question tonight -- was it enough? >> all right, tom llamas is live in montgomery, where roy moore is watching the returns tonight. and tom, president trump making it very clear, as you just reported there, that he's behind moore, saying at one point, "i like a fighter, go get 'em, roy." and in these preliminary exit polls tonight, for some voters, president trump's opinion on this did make a difference. >> reporter: david, the president does loom large in this state. we want to mention the polls have just closed here in alabama. but you're absolutely right. according to our exit polls, nearly 30% of voters said they came out to vote today to support president trump. that's great news for roy moore. and i asked roy moore what he thought today of the president's support and what he would tell him. roy moore told me, he'd tell the president thank you. david? >> tom llamas. we'll be seeing you as the evening progresses here. in the meantime, next tonight, president trump in a
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war of words with democratic senator kirsten gillibrand, after she said the president should resign, after accusations of sexual misconduct against him. the president tweeting today that gillibrand is a, quote, lightweight who would, quote, do anything for a campaign contribution. and added, quote, she would do anything for them. tonight, the president was asked in front of the cameras, what did he mean by those words? abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: a firestorm of controversy today ignited by president trump in just 280 characters. his counter punch to new york senator kirsten gillibrand's call for his resignation in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, came in the form of what many call a sexually suggestive tweet. the president saying, "lightweight senator kirsten gillibrand, a total flunky for chuck schumer and someone who would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago and would do anything for them is now in the ring fighting against trump." the reaction immediate. >> it was a sexist smear
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attempting to silence my voice. and i will not be silenced on this issue. >> reporter: senator elizabeth warren tweeting, "are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame senator gillibrand?" today, the president refused to clarify. >> thank you very much, everybody. >> mr. president, what did you mean when you said kirsten gillibrand would do anything for a campaign contribution? >> thank you, everybody. >> reporter: so, we asked the white house. many, many people see this as a sexual innuendo. what is the president suggesting? >> i think that the president is very obvious. this is the same sentiment that the president has expressed many times before when he has exposed the corruption of the entire political system. >> reporter: what is he alleging would happen behind closed doors with her? >> he's not alleging anything. there is no way that this is sexist at all. >> reporter: press secretary sarah sanders insists the president's tweet was not sexual. >> i think only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way. and -- so, no. >> reporter: a day after
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three women renewed their claims of sexual misconduct against the president, tonight, the number of democratic senators calling for his resignation grew to six. and in the house, more than 50 democratic congresswomen came forward to call for a congressional investigation. >> what took place this morning when the president tweeted about our colleague, senator kirsten gillibrand, is grotesque. it took my breath away. >> reporter: that number now growing to more than 100 democratic representatives, including men, all signing onto a letter, saying, "we cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against mr. trump." >> all right, cecilia vega with us live tonight from the white house, as well. and tonight, cecilia, we're now hearing from the republican who would decide if an investigation actually moves forward here. >> reporter: yeah, david. congressman trey gowdy says his house oversight committee will not investigate these claims against the president, but he said he will refer this request
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for investigation to the justice department, which, david, as you know, is controlled by the president's attorney general, jeff sessions. >> all right, cecilia vega, thank you. and speaking of the justice department tonight, president trump's legal team now with a new headline in the russia investigation. his team is now pushing the attorney general to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the fbi agents who are working on the russia probe. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the president's attorneys taking aim at fbi agents working on the russia probe, calling for a new, second special counsel to investigate them. a primary concern, special agent peter strzok, who robert mueller removed from his team over the summer after discovering strzok allegedly sent anti-trump text messages during the campaign. the president's lawyers saying that's just one of several "obvious conflicts of interest" in the justice department that "require the appointment of a special counsel to investigate." the white house asked about it today. >> would he support the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into this?
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>> i haven't asked him that directly, but i know he has great concern about some of the conduct that's taken place, and something that we certainly would like to see looked at. >> reporter: president trump has tweeted the fbi's reputation is in "tatters." but the fbi director defends the agency. >> the fbi that i see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of integrity and professionalism and respect. >> reporter: democrats say the president is questioning the fbi's integrity because mueller's team has been stepping up its pressure. >> pierre thomas with us live in washington tonight. and pierre, attorney general jeff sessions did address this today, whether he would appoint a second special counsel. >> reporter: david, sessions says he's assigned a senior attorney to review the allegations regarding conflicts of interest, and to make a recommendation on whether a special counsel is really needed. so stay tuned. david? >> pierre, thank you. next tonight, we do have new reporting here on the terror attack in new york city. the suspect in the subway tunnel bombing, charged with
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terror-related federal crimes. and a new image tonight of the 27-year-old immigrant from bangladesh, his homemade bomb went off, but did not detonate fully. and this image of the four brave police officers who rushed in after the blast. tonight here, we are learning that the suspect sent a message to president trump on facebook shortly before the blast. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, chilling new details about this man who authorities say deliberately walked among this crowd of unsuspecting commuters before detonating that homemade bomb. >> the location and timing of his planned attack was no accident. and his motivation was no mystery. >> reporter: officials finding 27-year-old akayed ullah on the ground, badly burned, carrying him away to the hospital, where officials say he told them, quote, "i did it for the islamic state." federal authorities say on the morning of the attack, the suspect posted on facebook, "trump, you failed to protect your nation." and that they found a handwritten note in his passport.
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"o america, die in your rage!" authorities say ullah intended to die while killing as many people as possible in that tunnel, but before the attempted attack, he was not on the nypd or fbi's radar. tonight, they say, he had become radicalized online in 2014, reading isis propaganda. in this brooklyn apartment, building the pipe bomb over the past few weeks, using the pipe, a 9-volt battery, and a wire from christmas lights. >> he did follow some of the instructions that you could find readily online, unfortunately. >> reporter: a quarter million people go through port authority every day, including former homeland security chief jeh johnson. >> events like this happen but we're strong, we're resilient. we go on. and we're not afraid. >> reporter: the bombing coming just six weeks after the isis-inspired truck attack in lower manhattan, and a year after the bombings in the chelsea neighborhood. >> and gio benitez with us from that reopened tunnel, where that blast went off. the resilience of new yorkers back in the subway tonight. authorities, gio, say he did
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start researching how to build this pipe bomb a year ago? >> reporter: that's right, david. and, they say, he started gathering the components for that bomb three weeks ago. now, he could face life in prison. david? >> gio benitez on the case again tonight. and next here this evening, to the tragedy on the way to school in iowa. a school bus catching fire, taking the lives of the driver and a student. and how did this happen? tonight, the ntsb is now investigating. and here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: in rural western iowa -- >> bus on fire with people inside. >> reporter: -- a mother sending her student to school. >> the owner of the house that called in stated that it was her child and the bus driver that was on the bus. >> reporter: that teenager and the male driver unable to get off the burning bus. authorities trying to piece together how the two could not escape. >> it was backing out of a driveway and ended up in the opposite side ditch. >> reporter: school bus fires are not rare. we've seen dozens captured on video. engine fires.
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some starting in the wheel well. there is on average one a day. >> get out, get out, get out. >> reporter: but deaths are rare. usually those onboard able to escape. fatalities averaging just more than one a year. a statistic that changed dramatically east of omaha today. the question tonight, why couldn't they get out of the burning bus? authorities have identified the driver as a 74-year-old man who perished with that 16-year-old girl. david? >> david kerley with us tonight. david, thank you. next here this evening, a one-two punch of winter storms plunging the east into the deep freeze. the first round with heavy snow in kalamazoo, michigan, there, all the way to new england. lake effect snow and this multivehicle accident on i-90 in indiana. and tonight now, a second storm system set to strike the midwest and then across to the northeast. meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all again tonight for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. the cold front is through, the winds have shifted. here it comes. cold air. we've got snow on the map across northern new york and northern new england. lake effect snow bands will come in with that arctic air.
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and there's that second system through chicago, and then it gets into the i-95 corridor by thursday morning. the bigger cities, an inch or two. shouldn't be too bad. it's the cold air. look at the wind chills. tomorrow morning, teens and single numbers from chicago to d.c. to new york to boston, throughout the entire day. bitterly cold. you'll want to layer up and cover up if you need to be outside. david? >> rob marciano with us again tonight. rob, thank you. and in the west at this hour, more than 6,000 firefighters have now blocked california's largest wildfire from reaching threatened towns. that's good news tonight. crews fighting fire with fire now to stop its spread as they try to gain the upper hand on that monstrous thomas fire. now 20% contained, but officials don't expect containment until close to christmas. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the mayor collapsing in the grocery store and then dying. also tonight, a holiday shopping crunch. your money tonight. with more than 2 billion packages being shipped, the tips you need to know, the warnings from delivery companies tonight. and the key date you have to keep in mind in the next couple of days. we'll tell you.
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doctors already racing to start a clinical trial, but they need a million dollars to take it to the next phase. the children knew it would take much more than those cookie dough jars. performing for donations, bake sales, sports teams in the fight. and the video that they hoped would go viral. and tonight, the new numbers. after talia's story aired, so many of you helping. they tell us viewers gave more than $65,000. their total now? more than $124,000 and counting. talia's mother, jocelyn, moved by all of it. >> it's just been -- it's just been pretty amazing. >> well, jocelyn, we are all rooting for your daughter, talia. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good night. remembering ed lee. following the sudden death of san francisco's mayor, we have
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coverage tonight. >> what kind of work do you want to do? the mayor said i want to focus on education. >> that's just part of a legacy the mayor leaves behind in a city that he loved and served. >> in the months ahead, let's carry on in mayor lee's honor. >> and we take a look ahead at what's next for leadership in san francisco. live where you live. this is abc 7 news. at the end of your life, you want to hear nothing more than this, people said i was a good, decent, honorable man. >> heart felt memories of a man who did more than lead san francisco. ed lee is being remembered as a mayor, family man and friend. >> the unexpected death of ed lee has left the bay area stunned. >> it has. the impact has spread far beyond san francisco and we're going to share some of those stories with
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you tonight. >> we have coverage showing what a difference this man made. let's begin now with vick lee who is live at city hall. you spent a lot of years covering the mayor. >> reporter: people are dropping off flowers here at the steps of city hall as you can see. there's a bigger memorial of flowers on the second floor at the mayor's office. the reaction here today as you can imagine is a lot of crying and hugging. lots of people walking around simply shocked and saddened. >> mayor ed lee passed away early this morning. >> reporter: the board of supervisors president now acting mayor made the announcement this morning. this after meetings with the mayor's staff and department heads before her news conference. they're tributes had a common thread, common words to describ


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